Open Session on Importance of ICT in Auto Component Sector 6th April’ 2010, Pune

In continuing efforts to promote awareness of IT in auto component sector, ACMA and NASSCOM jointly formed Core Group on IT and took up few Pilot Projects, which are now complete with the support of IT partners provided by NASSCOM.

To showcase their findings from these Pilot Projects and to provide best solutions to implement IT in auto component sector, an “Open Session on Importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in manufacturing” was held on 6th April’ 2010 from 1500 hrs – 1930 hrs at Courtyard by Marriot, Hinjewadi, Pune. The event outlined “how manufacturing companies can use IT for their advantage to cut costs and to add valuable new capabilities”.

The rate of change in manufacturing today is faster than ever.  Customers demand flexibility and responsiveness, regulatory oversight is on the rise, and increasing consolidations require companies to demonstrate cost and efficiency improvements.  Information Technology for Manufacturing describes how IT can help manufacturers effectively respond to all of these challenges.

The event included the common strategic errors and pitfalls as well as success stories of the NASSCOM -ACMA Pilot Project. The participants had the privilege to meet up with experts from Arteria, KPIT, Openbravo, Tata Technologies, Wipro and discuss solutions that address the unique challenges faced by their enterprise. The program was specially designed for CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, Practice heads and IT Heads of the companies.

Openbravo event organized by Sysfore

Autocomponent Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) organized an event for Small and Medium businesses in Bangalore at the Royal Orchid Hotel, Bangalore on October 28th, 2009. ACMA’s IT Committee Chairman, Mr. Ravi M. R. chaired the conference. In this select gathering of small and medium sized auto component companies, the Chairman emphasized the importance of IT Adoption for enabling organizations to grow and compete. The importance of ERP was highlighted with reference to its capability to improve the overall productivity and efficiencies at organizations.

The event was organized by Sysfore Technologies, an Openbravo Partner based out of Bangalore. Openbravo was represented by the Mr. Manel Sarasa, CEO and Mr. Paolo Juvara, CTO. Mr Manel spoke about the achievements of Openbravo in the last few years. He highlighted the advantages for organizations in adopting a completely Opensource based solution. Openbravo is looking at India as one of the key markets for future growth. Openbravo currently offers a fully supported licensed Professional version for all its customers in India.

Mr. Paolo Juvara highlighted the key strengths of the Openbravo ERP solution. Openbravo is one of the early adopters of a total web based architecture. The ERP has various modules like Purchase, Sales, Warehouse, Production, Material Requirements Planning, Finance, Project and Service Management. One of the key strengths of Openbravo, are the “add-ons” or “extension” modules built by various partners. The ERP features are growing and becoming very affordable in this collaborative environment. Openbravo ERP can be used by any small and midsized businesses involved in retail, restaurants, trading, stocking and distribution, manufacturing or similar. The Openbravo Forge, Wiki and Exchange are very popular platforms in this growing opensource ERP community.

Event sponsor and Openbravo partner Sysfore technologies showcased a successful Openbravo ERP implementation at an auto component manufacturer based in Chennai. Mr. Srikanth Karumbati, VP – Enterprise Practice spoke briefly about Sysfore’s Openbravo ERP offering. Sysfore is a key Openbravo Partner focusing on the automotive vertical in India. Sysfore brings expertise in manufacturing to Openbravo ERP implementations coupled with integrated add-on features like MES, Executive Dashboards, etc. Openbravo ERP is suitable for SME’s as it is an opensource, browser-based solution that lowers the total cost of ownership significantly.